Corriveau Impériale (Fût De Bourbon) | Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan

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Corriveau Impériale (Fût De Bourbon)Corriveau Impériale (Fût De Bourbon)

Brewed by:
Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan
Quebec, Canada

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 18
Photo of biegaman
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Corriveau Impériale has an extremely impressive head for something that spent three years stuck in bourbon barrels. Its spongy brown foam couldn't look happier to finally breathe - it sticks to the glass like a shy child clinging to their parent's leg. Named after an infamous murderer, the liquid is an appropriately mournful shade of black.

Bourbon has a special, seemingly chemical reaction when mixed with roasted malt - how the two combine to create notes of cigar, cocoa bean, espresso, burnt marshmallow, black tea and tiramisu is as fascinating to me as anything seen on Bill Nye or NOVA. Science surely has an explanation for all this, but one need only smell it to experience it.

I wasn't impressed by standard La Corriveau. In fact, I likened it to packaged cake mix. The extra vanilla notes imparted by the bourbon barrels enhance that flavour on the one hand, but they also layer the palate with coconut, cigar box-like spice and somehow manage to enhance what subtle coffee bean and dark chocolate flavours were there in the first place.

Who knew that underwhelming oatmeal stout could actually be turned into a solid, albeit easy-going imperial?! The taste still suggests vanilla icing and the mouthfeel has a considerably creamy texture (even despite the odd wood splinter here and there). Warmth is not exactly its friend but the bitter and solventy elements never get too far out of wack.

Corriveau Impériale is far from a momentous bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout but it is sure to please. Already fully evolved and only a relatively moderate 9% in alcohol, it's not one to sit on. Definitely enjoy it soon or else risk being disappointed. I feel I got my money's worth for $13.99 even if it could have been better spent elsewhere.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Looks great, black with tan head. It has an aroma of vinous grapes and dried fruit. I am getting a lot of up front bourbon covered chocolate and some nuttiness. There's a touch of booziness in the finish. It's a little thin, but this is a very nice bourbon barrel stout.

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Photo of flipper2gv
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Review #300!!!

A: Pours pitch black with a beige to cafe au lait head, very creamy looking. Not a lot of lacing or retention, definitely some alcohol legs.

S: Lots of bourbon notes in there, vanilla, oak, pepper dominates. Definitely some coconut too. The booze shows through quite a bit. There is some light milk chocolate notes and some light licorice. Not a lot of coffee in this. Really good smelling beer, but very light smelling.

T: Very boozy, that's the first thing that hit the palate. Again, a lot of coconut, milk chocolate and some light filter coffee are piercing. Licorice is also a quite dominant force. Definitely good, but a bit on the unbalanced side of things.

M: For the amount of residual sugars this beer has, one would have expected it to have more body. It's a bit thin for the genre but nowhere watery with sharp carbonation and sticky feel. It's ok.

O: This is a decent beer. A bit expensive for what it is, but still worth the try.

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Photo of MrElPechor
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pour coffe Black liquid with a nice mocha compact head with some retention, some lacing

Smell : Bourbon, vanilla and coffee

Taste : Coffee vanilla bourbon hazelnut medium final with a very light alcohol taste and light bitterness

Mouthfeel : medium body average carbonation

Overall : Pretty good aging (3 month) not too much woody character better then the La Corriveau

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of black chocolates notes with light dry coffee notes with some light vanilla and bourbon notes. Taste is also dominated by nice black chocolate notes with limited bitterness and some light vanilla and bourbon notes with a dry finish with notes of roasted malt and coffee. Body is above average with nice creamy texture and no apparent alcohol. Solid rendition of the style with good balance between the different flavours. Bourbon notes could have been a bit more pronounced but very enjoyable nonetheless.

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Corriveau Impériale (Fût De Bourbon) from Le Bilboquet, Brasseur Artisan
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 18 ratings